That made him the youngest ever winner of an Olympic track and field event and also earned him the 1948 Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. He later became the first director of the United States Olympic Training Center, a post he held from 1977 to 1983. He learned quickly. 1948. 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Robert Bruce Mathias was born Nov. 17, 1930, in Tulare, a farming town in California’s Central Valley, and grew up there. While at Tulare Union in early 1948, Mathias took up the decathlon at the suggestion of his track coach, Virgil Jackson. He died on September 2, 2006 in Fresno, California. Tulare high school stadium renamed in Mathias's honor. He was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, US Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983 and the US Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974. Mathias had never thrown a javelin before, but two competitions later, the prep standout qualified for that summer’s Olympics. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. During the discussion he mentions a forthcoming film in which the couple played themselves, called The Bob Mathias Story. [4] He was unaware of the rules in the shot put and nearly fouled out of the event. Political career: From 1967-75, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the … While at Stanford University, Mathias set the first of his three world decathlon records in 1950. His 7,887 point total at the Helsinki Olympics remained the school record at Stanford for 63 years until it was broken in 2015 by a freshman, Harrison Williams. More than 300 people from throughout the state attended, including Olympic medal-winners Sammy Lee, Bill Toomey, Dave Johnson and Pat McCormick, and Sim Iness' widow, Dolores. Stanford v. Michigan Football Program 1952 in very good condition. A tribute dinner honoring Mathias on the 50th anniversary of his first Olympic medal was held in Tulare. He was married to Gwen Alexander and Melba Wiser. After graduating from Stanford in 1953 with a BA in Education, Mathias spent two and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps. This page was last edited on 5 January 2021, at 22:07. Championships1948 Olympics: Decathlon (1st)1952 Olympics: Decathlon - 7731 pts. In the. Mathias and his wife starred in the movie. At Helsinki in 1952, Mathias established himself as one of the world's greatest all-around athletes. Site Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 7:08AM Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? They later had three daughters, Romel, Megan, and Marissa. Spent the summer at U.S. Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, California. Drafted by the, Married his first wife Melba. He earned a master’s degree from Stanford University in physical education in ’51. [1] In 1948, Mathias won the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, but because his scholastic record in high school did not match his athletic achievement, he spent a year at The Kiski School,[3] a well-respected all-boys boarding school in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. Entered active duty in the Marine Corps as a second lieutenant. Bob Mathias 1952.jpg 1,000 × 814; 219 KB. Doctors discovered a cancerous tumor in Mathias's throat. During the summer following his high school graduation, he qualified for the United States Olympic team for the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London. The Bob Mathias Story (1954) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. His district was renumbered as the 17th District, and picked up a large chunk of Fresno while losing several rural areas. November 17, 1930. [9] In 1960, he also appeared playing an athletic Theseus in an Italian "peplum," or sword-and-sandal, film: Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete.[10]. Mathias, a … Enrolls at Kiskiminetas Prep School, Saltsburg, Pa. Honored with the James E. Sullivan Award, presented each year to America's top amateur athlete. Mathias overcame his difficulties and with superior pole vault and javelin scores was able to push past Ignace Heinrich to win the Olympic gold medal. Already a member of the football, basketball and track team at Tulare High School in California, Mathias took up the decathlon at the track coach's urging, though he had never seen a javelin, no less thrown one. ©2020 United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Stanford Cardinal: Movies: 1954; The Bob Mathias Story, 1958; China Doll, 1960; Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete and 1962; It Happened in Athens. He won the decathlon by the astounding margin of 912 points, which established a new world record, and he became the first person to successfully defend an Olympic decathlon title. The 1920, 1928, 1932, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 championships incorporated the Olympic Trials, otherwise held as a discrete event. Bob Mathias, a two-time Olympic decathlon champion and Stanford football standout who became a four-term Republican congressman from the Central Valley, died … A few months later, he's a national hero. After huge celebration and parade in Tulare, presented with "Key to the City" by Mayor Elmo Zumwalt. After his competitive days, he was a member of the U.S. Congress from 1967 to 1975 and from 1977 to 1983 he was director of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Follow on . [6], He and his wife Melba can be seen on the 29th April 1954 edition of You Bet Your Life. One day the 17-year-old Californian is a regional prep star. Mathias was narrowly defeated for re-election by John Hans Krebs, a member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. His point total of 7731 was 599 more than that of second-place finisher Milt Campbell of the U.S. (who won the event four years later). Also a star fullback for the Stanford football team, he played in the 1952 Rose Bowl, making him the only person ever to compete in that event and an Olympics in the same year. At age seventeen, graduated from Tulare high school after an illustrious high school athletic career in football and track and field.Wins National Decathlon Championship at Bloomfield, N.J. He was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983. The 1952 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University in the 1952 college football season.The team was led by head coach Chuck Taylor in his second year and played their home games at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.. After winning the conference and making it to the Rose Bowl in the previous season, the team was ranked #13 in preseason polls. Mathias was Tulare High School’s football and track star in 1948 when his coach first suggested he try the decathlon. From June to August 1975, Mathias served as the deputy director of the Selective Service. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter. Latest on player.Position Bob Mathias including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on NFL.com En 1954 estrenóse un filme sobre la so vida col títulu de The Bob Mathias Story, nel cual intervenía él xunto a la so esposa Melba, cola cual casárase esi añu. Between 1967 and 1975, Mathias served four terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican, representing the northern San Joaquin Valley of California. Stanford has been known for churning out national team members and stars like the swimmer Katie Ledecky, the decathlete Bob Mathias, the … Mathias was born in Tulare, California. Bob Mathias competed in the Rose Bowl and in the Olympic decathlon in the same year. Touchdown Run 1. Bob Mathias was born on November 19, 1930, in Tulare, California, the second of four children born to Dr. Charles Milfred and Lillian (Harris) Mathias. After the 1952 Olympics, Mathias retired from athletic competition. Won National Decathlon Championship at a meet held in Tulare. Bob Mathias was born, the second of four children to Dr. Charles and Lillian Mathias. 96 Bill Rogers vs. Oregon State • 1952 2. As a fullback for Stanford University's football team, he became the only man ever to compete in a Rose Bowl and the Olympic Games in the same year (1952). Early life and athletic career Mathias was born in Tulare, California. At age 17, he became the youngest gold medalist in a track and field event.[5]. Robert Bruce Mathias (November 17, 1930 – September 2, 2006) was an American decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event, a United States Marine Corps officer, actor and United States Congressman representing the state of California. Bob Mathias, Actor: Teseo contro il minotauro. He capped his brilliant career by repeating as Olympic champion in 1952, winning by the largest margin in Olympic history and setting another world record. He then entered Stanford University in 1949, played college football for two years and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Won the National Decathlon Championship and Olympic Trials at meet held in Tulare. Acting career took off, employed by John Wayne's Batjac Productions. [3][6] (These were the same eight years in which Ronald Reagan served two terms as governor of California.) Continued work for the state department as a good will ambassador to the world. Appointed director of U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Mathias led Stanford University to the 1952 Rose Bowl in football. He attended Tulare Union High School, where he was a classmate and long time friend of Sim Iness, the 1952 Olympic discus gold medalist. With her first child a son, Lillian Mathias had her hopes set on a baby girl for her second child; it is said that she cried … Mathias set his first decathlon world record in 1950 and led Stanford to a Rose Bowl appearance in 1952, the first nationally televised college football game. Bob Mathias was born, the second of four children (including older brother Eugene, younger brother James, and younger sister Patricia), to Dr. Charles and Lillian Mathias. After graduating from Stanford in 1953 with a BA in Education, Mathias spent two and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Never defeated in the decathlon, Mathias was a four-time national champion in the ten-event ordeal. For the first American officer killed by German fire on D-Day, see Robert P. Mathias.For the fictional character, see Bob Mathias (Space: 1999). He almost failed in the high jump but was able to recover. In addition to his Olympic gold, he led the Stanford University football team to a Rose Bowl appearance. He then entered Stanford University in 1949, played college football for two years and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. For the first American officer killed by German fire on D-Day, see. Robert Bruce "Bob" Mathias (November 17, 1930 – September 2, 2006) was an American decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist, a United States Marine Corps officer, actor and United States Congressman representing the state of California. Mathias was re-elected three times without serious difficulty, but in 1974, his district was significantly redrawn in a mid-decade redistricting. 94 Casey Moore vs. California 1999 3. All Rights Reserved. Graduated from Stanford and commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon his return to the small farming community of Tulare, California, Mathias was a full-fledged hero. Bob Mathias, deceased 2006, long time football player at Stanford and decathlon Olympic gold medal winner in 1948 and 1952. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Bob Mathias was born on November 17, 1930 in Tulare, California, USA as Robert Bruce Mathias. Mathias continued to fare well in decathlons in the four years between the London games and the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He played in the Rose Bowl, a losing effort to an outstanding Illinois team, and then won his fourth national decathlon championship five months later. (1st), Educationhigh school: Tulare (Tulare, California)undergraduate: Stanford (Palo Alto, California), 1953, McCormick has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, gone down the Amazon, learned how to fly, Olympic Champ Pat McCormick Still Up To Her Old Tricks. Mathias set his first decathlon world record in 1950 and led Stanford to a Rose Bowl appearance in 1952. Despite his inexperience, he qualified for the Olympic team, then won the gold medal in London. As a spokesperson for Wheaties cereal, he helped promote it as "the breakfast of champions". One of the greatest all-around athletes in track and field history, Robert "Bob" Mathias arrived on the world track and field scene in spectacular fashion, winning the decathlon gold medal at the 1948 Olympic Games while still only 17 years old. On New Year's Day, he played fullback for Stanford University in the Rose Bowl. Stanford's fullback Bob Mathias posing with football. Mathias also was involved in the unsuccessful 1976 presidential re-election campaign of Gerald Ford. He was survived by wife Gwen, daughters Romel, Megan, Marissa, step daughter Alyse Alexander, son Reiner, brothers Eugene and Jim, and sister Patricia Guerrero.[6]. [7] He returned to the United States as a national hero. In the Olympics, Mathias's naïveté about the decathlon was exposed. Robert Bruce "Bob" Mathias (1930-2006) won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon in 1948 (at age 17) and 1952. Empower Team USA athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence and well-being. He also starred in a number of mostly cameo-type roles in a variety of movies and TV shows throughout the 1950s. Mathias, who also played in the Rose Bowl for Stanford University, was undefeated in eleven decathlons, captured four Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships, and set world records three times. He was promoted to the rank of captain and was honorably discharged.[6]. Year. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican, serving four two-year terms. Visited more than forty countries as America's Good Will Ambassador. At age seventeen, graduated from Tulare high school after an illustrious high school athletic career in football and. Appointed executive director of the National Fitness Foundation. Stanford football great Kirkland, 82, dies Share this: ... linebacker Chuck Essegian and halfback Bob Mathias. Mathias was one of several Republicans swept out in the wake of the Watergate scandal. (Although drafted by the Washington Redskins, Mathias never played professional football.) He attended Tulare Union High School,[3] where he was a classmate and long time friend of Sim Iness, the 1952 Olympic discus gold medalist. Starred in the movie "China Doll", the TV series The Troubleshooters, the movie "Theseus and the Minotaur" and in the movie It Happened in Athens. Bob Mathias, Class: 1954 Induction: Sport(s): Men's Track and Field - ... Roster Fencing: News Football Football: Facebook Football: Twitter Football: Instagram Football: Schedule Football: ... Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. Returned to the Central Valley, in rural Fresno County. "There were better athletes, but not many," Jim Murray, the late … While at Tulare Union in early 1948, Mathias took up the decathlon at the suggestion of his track coach, Virgil Jackson. 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